Water glossary

ASEF - Asia-Europe Foundation
AoA - Assessment of Assessments
Assessments - Formal efforts to assemble selected knowledge with a view toward making it publicly available in a form intended to be useful for decision-making (Mitchell and others 2006). By ‘formal’ the definition requires that the assessment should be sufficiently organised to identify components such as products, participants and issuing authority. ‘Selected knowledge’ indicates that the content has a defined scope or purpose and that not all information compiled and contributed is necessarily included in the report. The sources of knowledge may vary. While results from research and scientific knowledge predominate, assessments can supplement this with local, traditional or indigenous knowledge. Further, assessments can evaluate both existing information and research conducted expressly for the purpose. The definition also notes the importance of ensuring that assessments are in the public domain, as they may influence public debate and different types of decision-makers.
BAP - Biodiversity Action Plan
CAFE - Clean Air forEurope
CBD - Convention on Biological Diversity
CEHAPE - Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe
CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
CLRTAP - Convention on Long-rangeTransboundaryAir Pollution
COP - conference of the parties
CORINE - Coordination of Information on the Environment
DG - Directorate General
DG ENV - Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission
DG SANCO - Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission
DIMESA - Directors' meeting for environmental statistics and accounts
E'H - Environment and health
E-PRTR - European Pollutants Release and Transfer Register
EAP - Environment Action Programme
EBD - environmental burden of disease
EBONE - European Biodiversity Observation Network
EC - European Commission
ECDC - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
EEA - European Economic Association
EEAC - European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils
EEC - European Economic Community
EFTA - European Free Trade Association
EHIS - Environmental Health Information Services
EIONET - European environment information and observation network
EMAS - Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
EMEP - European Monitoring and EvaluationProgramme
EMODNET - European Marine Observation and Data Network
ENCA Network - Network of Heads of European Nature Conservation Agencies
ENEA - European Network of Environmental Authorities
ENP - European Neighborhoud Policy
EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Network - Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies
EPER - European pollutant emission register
ESD - Education for sustainable development
ESPON2013 - European observation network for territorial development
ETC/ACC - European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change
ETC/BD - European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity
ETC/RWM - European Topic Centre on Resource and Waste Management
ETC/WTR - European Topic Centre onWater
ETR - environmental tax reform
ETS - Emissions Trading Scheme
EU - European Union
EUCC - European Union Coastal Conservation
EUNIS - European Nature Information System
EURECA - European Ecosystem Assessment
Eurostat/ESTAT - Statistical Office of the European Communities
GDP - gross domestic product
GEO - Global Environment Outlook
GEOSS - Global Earth Observation System of Systems
GHG - greenhouse gas
GMES - Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security
GMO - Genetically modified organism
H2020 - Horizon 2020
HELCOM - Helsinki Commission - Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission
IEA - International Energy Agency
IHPA - International HCH and Pesticides Association
IMS - Indicator Management Systems
INSPIRE - Infrastructure for Spatial Information inEurope
IOMC - Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals
IPBES - Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPPC - Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control
IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
JRC - Joint Research Centre (European Commission)
Kopernikus - A joint initiative of the European Commission and European Space Agency. Same as GMES
LIFE - EU Financial Instrument for the Environment
LRTAP - Long-rangeTransboundaryAir Pollution
MA - Millennium ecosystem Assessment
MAP - Mediterranean Action Plan
MED POL - pollution monitoring and assessment programme - Mediterranean region
MFA1 - Material Flow Analysis
MFA2 - Material Flow Accounting
NAMEA - National Accounting Matrices including Environmental accounts
NEC - National Emission Ceilings
NESIS - Network to enhance a European Environment Shared and Interoperable Information System
NFP - National Focal Point
NGO - Non-governmental organization
OECD - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
OMC - The open method of coordination or OMC It is a relatively new and intergovernmental means of governance in the European Union, based on the voluntary cooperation of its member states.
OSCE - Organisation for Security and Co-operation inEurope
OSPAR - Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of theNorth-East Atlantic
PAME - Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment
PRECLUDE - Prospective Environmental Analysis of Land UseDevelopment in Europe
PRELUDE - PRospectiveEnvironmental analysis of Land Use Development inEurope
REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
RTD - Research and Technological Development
SAICM - Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
SCOUT - Sustainable Consumption andOUTlookand scenarios forEurope
SCP - sustainable consumption and production
SD - sustainable development
SDS - safety data sheets
SEBI - Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators
SEEAW - System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water
SEIS - Shared Environmental Information System forEurope
SMES - Small and Medium Enterprises
SOER - The European Environment - State and outlook
SOER2010 - European Environment State and Outlook Report 2010
Stern report - Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
TEEB - The Economics of Ecosystems ' Biodiversity
TERM - Transport and environment reporting mechanism
TOBIN - Tobin Tax
UN - United Nations
UNCSD - United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission forEurope
UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
UNFCCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
USEPA - TheUSEnvironmental Protection Agency
WCMC - World Conservation Monitoring Centre
WFD - Water Framework Directive
WHO - World Health Organisation
WISE - Water Information System forEurope
WTO - World Trade Organisation
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